Early Pregnancy Support
Helping you transition to the next step in your journey.
About Early Pregnancy Support
You have come a long way and now you are pregnant. If you have experienced multiple miscarriages, this can be an exciting but intense time for you. No matter which pathway you followed, we will continue to monitor and support you through the first trimester. Here is what you can expect:
Progesterone support in early pregnancy to potentially decrease risk of miscarriage
Early pregnancy blood work such as hCG and TSH monitoring where appropriate
Obstetrical ultrasounds to follow early pregnancy
Nuchal Translucency ultrasound at around 12 weeks
Prenatal genetic testing (eFTS and NIPT)
Access to your dedicated care team for question and concerns during early pregnancy
Referral to an obstetrician or midwife of your choice for a seamless transition into second and third trimester pregnancy care
Your Early Pregnancy Support Journey
Markham Fertility will be actively involved in your care during the early weeks of your pregnancy. Your fertility doctor will set up a plan depending on your circumstances and pregnancy history. Below is a general timeline for what happens after your first pregnancy test.
First Pregnancy Test (2 weeks post procedure/conception)
Upon confirmation of a positive pregnancy test (beta-hCG), we will continue to check your hormone levels to see that hCG levels increase appropriately. We will also check your thyroid levels to ensure they are optimal for ongoing pregnancy.
First Obstetric Ultrasound (6 weeks after Positive Beta-hCG)
Within two to three weeks following your positive pregnancy test, we will arrange an obstetric ultrasound to verify the presence of a fetal sac and heart rate—a process that can stir a whirlwind of emotions. Rest assured, our dedicated nursing team will connect with you on the same day to discuss the results, clarify any doubts, and confirm you have the necessary medications to sustain your pregnancy. They will also coordinate your subsequent ultrasounds and appointments. Should any concerns arise from the ultrasound, a physician will promptly meet with you the very same day to address any issues and ensure your comfort and understanding.
First Trimester Care
Upon completion of the ultrasound, and given the progression of the pregnancy, our vigilance persists. Our expert genetic counselors are at hand to advise on the most suitable prenatal testing for you. Our team diligently arranges the critical 12-week ultrasound, also known as the NT scan, which assesses the nuchal translucency, a key indicator of your pregnancy's health. As the first trimester concludes, your physician will consult with you to review the pregnancy care and orchestrate a seamless transition to your chosen prenatal care provider. If you don't have a prenatal care provider appointment by week 20 of your pregnancy, our team will arrange the anatomy ultrasound as well. Rest assured, our devoted team at MFC will continue to accompany you, ensuring you are never left unaided during the shift to routine obstetrical care.
Referral to a Prenatal Care Provider
At Markham Fertility, our goal is to create a flawless transition to general obstetrical care. We can facilitate referrals to a general obstetrician, a high-risk obstetrician, or a midwife based on your location, preference, and medical history. For those in the Markham Stouffville vicinity, we're delighted to connect you with our exemplary Obstetricians at Markham Stouffville Hospital. At your final visit to our clinic, before your care shifts to the next provider, we will present you a "graduation" gift as a memento of the journey you have undertaken with us. We eagerly await seeing your MFC baby donned in their 'graduation' onesie—don't forget to share by sending us a picture or tagging us on Instagram. click here to see a picture